Meentycat and Culliagh
Through our Meentycat Wind Farm and the adjoining Culliagh Wind Farm in Co. Donegal we make over €100,000 per year available for local projects through our Community Fund programme and our annual Sponsored Walk, which takes place at the wind farm every September.
Since SSE Renewables launched its Community Funds in Donegal in 2007, over €1.3 million has been awarded to local groups in this area. A total of 61 community groups shared in a fund in excess of €95,000 fund in 2021, including schools, sports clubs and community centres.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the annual sponsored walk in September 2021 on Meentycat Wind Farm had to be cancelled. Recognising the hardship this presented for the local groups whose main source of fundraising is this annual sponsored walk, SSE Renewables took the decision to award over €48,000 to the 45 groups that participated in the 2019 sponsored walk.
The company awarded a further €47,300 for 16 local projects through its Community Fund.
Some of the 2021 projects supported include , installation of a defibrillator at Illistrin Football Club, a lighting project at Raphoe Cathedral Hall Management Committee, Christmas lights for Ballybofey & Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce, solar panels at Cloghan Day Centre, a heating project for Donegal Down Syndrome Housing Association, an accessible toilet and changing room upgrade at Gleann Fhinne CLG, a polytunnel at Ballylast St. Columba’s National School and Cappry Residents Association native Irish tree-planting in their community.
SSE Renewables’ Meentycat Wind Farm, and the adjoining Culliagh Wind Farm near Lifford, generate over 100MW of clean, green energy combined.